“I love Rochester for all the ways it makes it easy and fun to stay fit and live an active, healthy lifestyle.
“Our city is filled with great places to run, walk, hike, and bike. Some of my favorites include Genesee Valley Park, Mt. Hope Cemetery, the Genesee River path through the U of R campus, and the Erie Canal path from Genesee Valley Park all the way down to Schoen Place in Pittsford. We love to pack a lunch and head to Highland Park for family picnics and outdoor playtime. We enjoy hiking around the reservoir at Cobbs Hill and through the wooded trails of Washington Grove Park. We frequent many of the Rochester YMCAs and I love practicing yoga at TRU Yoga in the South Wedge each week.
“There are many great events for athletes in Rochester too. I’ve loved participating in the Flower City Challenge, the Lilac Festival 5K and 10K, the Corporate Challenge, the fall Rochester Full and Half Marathon, and the Reindeer 5K Run at Strong Museum around the Inner Loop. There are many athletic and fitness communities here in Rochester that you can easily be part if you’re looking for support, motivation, or simply some camaraderie!
“I especially appreciate how easy it is to find fresh, local foods in Rochester. We enjoying walking down to the 19th Ward Farmers’ Market on Tuesday nights from late spring through early fall. We love all the people and entertainment at the South Wedge Farmers’ Market when picking up our CSA share from the Good Food Collective on Thursday evenings in the summer. We are very fortunate to be able to shop for local food and support local farmers year round at the Brighton Farmers’ Market.
“I also love all the selection and variety of healthy foods at a number of grocery stores in and around Rochester. Abundance Cooperative Market off Monroe Ave., Lori’s Natural Foods in Henrietta, Trader Joe’s in Pittsford, and of course, Wegmans!
“Rochester has everything you need to help support your efforts toward living a healthy, active lifestyle!”
—Alison Spath, 19th Ward